V-Strom hi fender (beak) all mounted up!

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Gravehunter, Apr 19, 2008.

  1. Gravehunter

    Gravehunter Been here awhile

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    I've been mulling over a beak and what fender to get(me and the other 4 people who like beaks.. LOL ). I've had one on backorder for over a month now.
    I had a friend of mine give me this UFO universal dirtbike fender to mock up and test out.
    Got it all mounted today. I need to take it back off and locktight things and clean up my cuts on the fender etc... But
    Its mounted to the lower triple tree and turns from lock to lock with no rubbing anywhere. I'm very happy with it, to me it looks like it should have come that way.
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  2. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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    I like that. Looking to buy a Strom. I thought the front fender was a little lame looking. Would a DRZ front fender work nice? I just happen to have one.
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  3. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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    What tires are you running? Yep shoulda come that way!
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  4. Gravehunter

    Gravehunter Been here awhile

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    This fender is the only one i've tried, but most dirtbike front fenders are roughly the same, so i would think it would work fine.
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  5. Gravehunter

    Gravehunter Been here awhile

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    Continental TKC 80's. LOVE THEM!!!
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  6. Stretch67

    Stretch67 Mad Scientist

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    Looks great!

    Just curious, though... what would have happened if you left the back of the MX fender on, to keep sludge off your radiator and oil cooler? Would it have rubbed on the radiator?

    By moving the fender forward a bit, and then tilting the front up (and the rear down), would there have been enough clearance?

    It seems running the front half of an MX fender with a hugger covering the rear half of the front wheel kind of defeats the purpose... mud will still clog up the hugger.

    These are the issues I ran into when I was doing the R&D for my Tiger kits.
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  7. Jiminy Cricket

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    Nice. I don't think anyone ever said the Strom was a beauty, err well maybe someone did, but that actually helps. Looks sharp.:thumb
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  8. Gravehunter

    Gravehunter Been here awhile

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    No room to leave it there. It come pretty much straight back without much downward tilt to it. There are other fenders that do go down alot and i think you could do that with it. I just used this one cause it was free and the one i want doesn't seem to ever come off back order.

    The back half of the stock fender is raised up and trimmed alot. I've not had any trouble with mud clogging it up at all.

    I also wanted the front to be short and not stick out alot or be down close to the tire. Just personal preference. But do think with the right fender you could do what your talking about.
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  10. Clarkman

    Clarkman Don't taze me bro.

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    I gotta admit, it actually looks pretty cool. Especially with the TKC's on there.

    :drums :super :strum

    Is the beak that's backordered that crazy German one that's like 300 bucks and can't be sold in Germany because of their strict auto-modification laws?
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  11. Gravehunter

    Gravehunter Been here awhile

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    no, no.. that was way to expensive and not what i wanted.

    Its an Aceribis fender i ordered from a local dealer. I'd cancel it now, but i'd like to see if i can find one that will allow me to get rid of the back part of the stock fender.
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  12. dcwn.45

    dcwn.45 Frozen Rider

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    Wow! looks great! Any concerns with the strength of the low-rear part? I am guessing that is the remnants of the stock fender, right?
    How about some close up pics of the mounts both at the forks and at the existing fender mounting holes?
    Looks like really nice work.
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  13. West Coast Mags

    West Coast Mags Parlor Snake

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    Nice work, I've been wanting to do the same. Please post more pics of the mounting you fabricated and the acerbis part number if you have it. I had been thinking about doing the same thing, just hadn't got to it yet. Looks great!
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  14. Gravehunter

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    ok for those of you wanting to see what it would look like if you left the entire stock fender still one it here is a pic. My stock fender was trimmed so its not all stock but i think you can see that the 2 fenders are just to close to each other. Or at least i thought so.
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    Please keep in mind this was just a quick mount to see if i even liked it. All done with a grinder. I've not even cleaned up the cuts or debured anything yet.
    First was making a flat surface for the spacers to mount flush to(the underneath of the triple tree is not flat) so i just cut a 7 guage thick peice of steel and drilled to holes through it and the lower triple tree and ran bolts up through it. You could tap the alum, but its thin and alum threads are weak. I deemed it to big of risk as that plate coming loose could cause it to lock up the front wheel and hurt me so i just bolted it up to be safe.
    The 2 other holes are where the bolts that go through the fender screw in to. I just drilled and tapped. They are not even because i drilled on, mounted the fender and then turned the fender till it was in the middle of the front tire.
    I used 1.5" of alum spacers between that plate and the fender itself, and then a square peice of 7 guage steel to stiffen up the fender where they mount.
    To change the pitch of the high fender you can just shim the plate that is bolted to the triple tree and that will allow you change the height of the front of the fender up or down to your liking.
    The back half of the fender was mounted with the stock upper mounts and then there are 2 more mounts on the forks just below the upper ones that i just drilled out and ran a bolt through the fender to give it a total of 4 mounts. You need to use a couple of spacers.
    Hope this helps. Once the parts are redone i will do a much nicer job. But that will be a while so for now they are what they are. :cool:
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  15. Gravehunter

    Gravehunter Been here awhile

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    The fener that is used in this thread is a UFO universal dirtbike fener. Tucker Rocky Distributing part #: 11-5031
    I just used it because it was free.

    I'm going to try and get one that has a low enough back to it with a sharper bend in it so it can protect the rad and allow me to get rid of the stock fener all together.
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    Very cool! Me likey!:thumb
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  18. Rovas

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    Very Nice. That's the best hi-fender mod I've seen. Ive actually been playing around with this idea for 2 weeks now and appreciate your detailed report. I'll probably start on mine next weekend. Did you have any problems drilling in your triple clamps? How much of a mod to the UFO fender did you have to do other than removing the rear of it? Is there any way to remove the stock fender all together, then modify a aftermarket fender to replace the lower rear portion (just incase I want to put the original back on)? Thanks. bg
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  19. svracer

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    Looks great... almost makes the DL easy on the eyes... well, maybe not that good! :rofl
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  20. GrayWolf

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    Sweet, now get over here and help me do one just like it. Not saying I need the help, just want to see it in person :evil

    -GW
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